Author Archives: Michael Johnston

New Capsule Biography for Ralph Kinder

New Capsule Biography for Ralph Kinder John Apple finished a new short biographical sketch for Ralph Kinder. I am including it in the upcoming restoration of his “Aphrodite.” I am posting it on the Biographies page where you can read … Continue reading

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You Never Know Until You Ask

You Never Know Until You Ask In his research, John Apple went about finding information on the composer of “Cascades in the Sunlight,” recently announced by Michael’s Music Service. Well, he got some terrific information in a very helpful response … Continue reading

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Lew White’s Christmas Carol

Lew White’s Christmas Carol While rummaging for Christmas organ music, John Apple came across this little gem of “A Christmas Carol.” Originally a four-disc set from 1941, he found it on an LP reissue. I had not heard this side … Continue reading

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Marilyn Oakes Plays Thayer’s Fugue

Thayer’s Sonata II, Fugue on “America,” Marilyn Oakes Watch this fine performance of the Fugue on “God Save the Queen,” which is known to Americans as “America.” It’s from Eugene Thayer’s Sonata II, and it has had a life separate … Continue reading

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The Organ in Madison Square Garden

A New Sound for the Winter Seasons Here’s a story of a new Roland organ in one of the largest and most visible arenas in the United States. Just think of the thousands who will hear this live organ sound … Continue reading

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The Other Election Results

The Other Election Results After a final burst of votes from one side, the votes pushed away from 50-50 for this narrow victory for “Principal.” For most of the duration, it was equal, and for several weeks, “Diapason” was in … Continue reading

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A Wedding Song, Some Sunlight, The Bells, and A Mighty Fortress

As I wrote last month, I couldn’t wait for 2016 to be over. May 2017 turn out better! The pieces for January present several styles which I hope will appeal to you. ORGAN SHEET MUSIC 1. CANTILÈNE NUPTIALE, by Herbert … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Can Be Tiring

“Hi, Michael and John! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and I know it was filled with music. Mine was! On Christmas Eve, I played 30+ minutes of my favorite Christmas things, then 30 minutes of boisterous carols, plus … Continue reading

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Reginald Foort Capsule Biography Added

Reginald Foort Capsule Biography Added I have added my capsule biography about Reginald Foort to the Biographies page. This is included in The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise, so there is a paragraph about the song writer, Ernest Seitz. … Continue reading

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Thanks for the Speed

“Thanks for the speed on both the PDFs and the printed music! I received your package yesterday in the mail and am already rehearsing.” —Illinois, USA

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